Colonel House to Woodrow Wilson
Your letters of the 16th and 18th come to me this morning.
It is good of you to insist that Doctor Mezes should not withdraw his name for the presidency of the College of the City of New York. However, we have already written that he would not accept even if elected, and we are doing all we can to get our friends lined up for Professor Elliot. I have asked Dudley Malone to see Mitchel and have him cooperate with McCombs in every way possible.Mezes is entirely happy here and he is making no sacrifice whatever. And this reminds me that Mezes and I met Professor Axson in Houston the other day and Mezes was so pleased with him that he will try to persuade him to come to Austin instead of remaining with the Rice Institute. I believe he would prefer it here as the climate is better and the society would be more congenial.
I am asking him up for a few days so that he may look over the ground.
Yours with devotion,
February 21st, 1914.